Multiple Levels of Enjoyment: Contemporary Holiday Home by Antoni Associates

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This relaxed holiday home in Cape Town, designed by Antoni Associates, has a little something “extra”: the “public” level of this dwelling is itself a unique split-level “heart” of the home. For those of you who notice that no matter where your party starts, your guests always end up in the kitchen — this home acknowledges and encourages that with its layout. From the ground level, featuring an infinity pool and lavish outdoor living space, guests can congregate in a living area with plush couch and chair seating, or they can amble up a few steps and be in the friendly kitchen, with its handy eat-in island and four wood stools with inviting curved seats. It’s an ideal mix: enough space and separation for the cook to have ample prep room and still not be isolated from the fun.

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The decorating palette here, as in most contemporary designs, is neutral — with a twist. The browns, creams, and sand shades are enlivened by generous use of red. An eye-catching abstract painting in the formal dining area sets that warm tone; the color is echoed in ceramic accents and pillows. Against dove-gray walls, a collection of framed prints sets in counterpoint to the view of the sea and pool through floor-to-ceiling windows that bring the outdoors in, and vice-versa. Upstairs, the open feeling continues, with a bedroom that faces Camps Bay and which has its own balcony and al fresco table and chairs — a perfect spot for that first morning cup of coffee and glimpse of the sunrise. The designers say Medburn 17 has “a sporty elegance and laid-back coolness.” Truth is, it has all that and more…on many levels.

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